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Gaucho Serenade (1940)

Passed | | Western | 10 May 1940 (USA)
A bunch of businessmen are out to kidnap a former partner's son so he won't squeal on them. Guess who must stop them.

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Frog Millhouse
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Gaucho Don José
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Clifford Severn ...
Ronnie Willoughby (as Clifford Severn Jr.)
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Frederick Willoughby
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Edward Martin
William Ruhl ...
Henchman Carter
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Rancher
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E.J. Jenkins
Wendell Niles ...
Radio Announcer
The Velascos ...
Mexican Dancers
José Eslava's Orchestra ...
Cantina Musicians
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Gene Autry and sidekick Frog Millhouse depart Madison Square Garden and NYC heading west for home in their car and a horse trailer carrying Gene's horse, Champion. They discover that Ronnie Willoughby, a young boy just off the boat from school in England, has hitched a ride, thinking that Gene and Frog were sent by his father to meet him. Ronnie thinks his father is a big rancher in the west and doesn't know that his father, Alfred Willoughby, is serving time in San Quentin prison because of a frame-up by the officials of a packing company. To keep the father from testifying against them, the packing company officials, Carter, Jenkins and Martin, have arranged for the boy to be kidnapped. Along the way a runaway bride, Joyce Halloway, and her young sister Patsy join the troupe. Various members of the cast sing and dance their way through The Singing Hills, Gaucho Serenade, Give Out With a Song, Heading For the Wide Open Spaces, 'Tis Be, Keep Rollin' and A Song of Sunset before every ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A MUSICAL ACTION HIT LOADED with EXCITING THRILLS and LAUGHS! (original print ad) See more »

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Western

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10 May 1940 (USA)  »

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Keep Rollin'  »

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(1998 restoration) | (edited) | (original)

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(RCA High Fidelity Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Goofs

As they drive west on US Route 66 there is a road sign saying they are in Colorado. Route 66 did not go through Colorado. See more »

Quotes

[Patsy doesn't understand why the police are pursuing them after Joyce left her fiancee at the altar]
Joyce Halloway: Darling, you forget that we borrowed the bridegroom's car without his permission and that's, well, that's...
Patsy Halloway: I know - that's arson!
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Soundtracks

Junta Plata-Latin Dance Music
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Written by Jose Eslava
Danced by The Velascos with José Eslava's Orchestra at the Cantina
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One of the better Autry movies
11 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

One of Gene Autry's most amusing films, all the better for taking the star out of his familiar horse opera surroundings. Of course, Autry is accompanied on his journey by usual sidekicks Smiley Burnette and Champion "The Wonder Horse," but the fact is that it takes him across the country with a pair of engaging girls. One of them (Mary Lee, I think) is sort of a country-western version of Judy Garland and the other plays an engaging young heiress on the lam from marriage. There's also a boy running from mobsters who try to kidnap him to blackmail his father into not testifying against their boss. There's a lot of funny situations, of course some fast riding and straight shooting, plus lots of pretty good songs. Pure escape and worth the trip.


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